Strapping your newborn into their car seat when you leave the hospital can be a little bit overwhelming and many new parents end up swaddling their newborn and then strapping them in. This is not ideal and your baby is not securely strapped in when you do this.
So what should you do?
- Unswaddle your baby before you place them into their car seat. Having a blanket under the straps can be dangerous. Once they are correctly strapped in you can put the blanket around them and tuck it in to make it snug. Make sure that both of their arms are through the straps, achieving a good 5-point harness fit.
- The straps should come through the lowest shoulder strap and be as close to your baby’s shoulders as possible.
- Make sure that the harness is tightly fastened. This can help to prevent your baby’s head from flopping forward which can be dangerous as it can interfere with their breathing. If their head flops to the side, that is fine.
- Recline the seat correctly to about 45 degrees, this also helps to prevent their head from falling forward.
- It is also a good idea to install and uninstall the car seat a few times before you bring your baby home so that you are comfortable with how it needs to installed when you do bring your child home.
Your newborn may cry when you place them in the car seat, do not be tempted to take them out. Sit next to them, offer them a dummy or just talk to them to reassure them you are there. You will not be able to hold onto your newborn if you are in a car accident so get them used to the car seat from day one.
Cool Kids’ Cabs takes car seat safety very seriously and all their children are transported in age appropriate car seats, provided by Cool Kids Cabs, so there is no need to worry about dropping car seats off with your child. Teens and older children will always wear their seat belts and our drivers are all regularly trained in car seat safety, so they will check that seat belts and car seat straps are correctly fastened.